Management of infection in haemodialysis patient part 6

Haemodialysis 5

 

Management:

  • Take blood for blood cultures, C-reactive protein, urea/electrolites
  • Administer paracetamol (if none taken within last 4 hours)
  • Swab all catheter exit sites and wound
  • If applicable obtain a mid-stream urine for assessment for urinary tract infection
  • If any concerns that this is more than a simple infection then should be discussed with the unit consultant. The patient may need admission or hospital review
  • Ensure antibiotics are administered  appropriately before end of session
  • If there are concerns that the patient is displaying signs as indicated by observation that they are seriously unwell then other measures should be instituted as appropriate
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